LOWER MANHATTAN —Downtown’s new Peck Slip School will start a pre-K program this fall, the school’s principal said Friday.
The school, currently located in Tweed Courthouse while its permanent South Street Seaport building is under construction, will run two, half-day pre-K classes — one in the morning and one in the afternoon — capped at 18 students each, Principal Maggie Siena said.
Siena said she got the call from the Department of Education Friday morning telling her that the school would offer pre-K.
The Peck Slip School launched in its temporary space with two kindergarten classes last fall. Those children will become the school’s first-graders next year, and Peck Slip will again have two sections of kindergarten, along with the new pre-K classes.
The Peck Slip pre-K will be a welcome addition to the neighborhood, especially as the DOE is considering a proposal to slash P.S. 276’s pre-K program in Battery Park City, to make room for an overflow of kindergartners.
Public school pre-K applications will be available March 4 and are due April 5. The centralized citywide application allows families to select up to a dozen potential choices. All children who were born in 2009 are eligible to apply.
Pre-K acceptances are sent out in early June, and families have until June 19 to pre-register at that school.